Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland

Laurie Sumiye

Laurie Sumiye is a Hawaii-born filmmaker and artist

Artist Intro

Laurie uses media and technology to explore new ways of looking at natural and urban environments, and investigating the ephemeral traces in those spaces through people who live and work in them. Her digital practices in video, animation, interactive media, and sound combined with “traditional” materials and media uniquely informs her work by synthesizing documentary and visual languages. She received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at CUNY Hunter College in New York, Bachelors degrees in Radio/TV Communications and Art from Bradley University, and studied art at the Institute of Italian Studies in Florence, Italy and Pratt Institute. Her work has been presented at EXIT Art in New York, Asian American International Film Festival, Summercamp ProjectProject in Los Angeles, Arts@Renaissance in Brooklyn. Laurie has worked as a designer, illustrator and art director in interactive design and advertising in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Laurie's residency projects: 'House of Glass' is a video installation that captures intimate views of the Tropical Ravine House in the Belfast Botanical Gardens, built in 1889 to house exotic plants unable to survive outdoors. A unique Victorian-era greenhouse, the heated glass and brick structure was built as a sunken glen that allowed plants to take root in the ground. Video is projected upon the glass facade of the Tropical Ravine House and viewed at “plant-level”; glistening images of foliage hint at a human presence which enables tropical and temperate plants such as ferns, palms and hibiscus to flourish. It tells a wordless story of a flower; born in a greenhouse in a pot, transplanted, and nurtured to live forever in a man-made house of glass. 'Transplant' (artist’s book, koki’o ke’oke’o seeds, limited edition of 5) 'Transplant' is a collaborative project, documenting the artist’s relationship with people in Belfast that she wishes to stay connected to through a gift of an artist’s book and koki’o ke’oke’o seeds; (white native Hawaiian hibiscus) the only species of hibiscuses in the world known to have fragrant flowers. Recalling the artist’s roots in Hawaii where she was born and raised, the Japanese-Hawaiian gift-giving custom of omiyage is enacted to express gratitude and reciprocity. Gift recipients are asked to sow the seeds, record the location of the planting, and send updates of the seedling to a website, a digital space to exchange weather, news and personal anecdotes.

design & development